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BRAHMS STRING QUARTETS & SECOND STRING QUINTET

For its debut Rubicon Classics CD, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam has re-discovered all three Brahms String Quartets as well as, with violist Lilli Maijala, his Second String Quintet. For the first time in the recorded catalogue, this repertoire is performed on on gut strings and early Romantic bows, which allows both players and listeners to appreciate afresh these works with the subtle sonorities Brahms himself would have recognised.

FUGA A 3 SOGGETTI FROM BACH’S THE ART OF FUGUE

The finale of Bach’s unfinished masterpiece The Art of Fugue, in Filippo Gorini’s new recording for Alpha Classics released on 27 August 2021, is the Fuga a 3 soggetti, breaking off exactly where Bach stopped composing.  Gorini’s new recording marks the start of an ambitious project The Art of Fugue Explored, which will encompass a film and a series of videos of conversations with the likes of Alfred Brendel, Frank Gehry, Alexanders Polzin and Sokurov and Mitsuko Uchida to investigate Bach’s final masterpiece.  This video was released on the day the recording was released.

ALEXI KENNEY DEBUT ‘VISUAL ALBUM’
PAUL WIANCKO’S X-SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLIN

Written for Alexi Kenney and premiered by him at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2019, Paul Wiancko’s X-Suite for Solo Violin marks Kenney’s debut recording, coupled with this simply stunning ‘Visual Album’ filmed at the Donum Estate in California, with each of the Suite’s seven pieces matched to one of the wonderful statues at the Estate, from artists such as Jeppe Hein, Gao Weigang, Jaume Plensa, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Hudson, Subodh Gupta and Doug Aitken.  Mike Grittani’s film was made in January 2021 with assistance from Alice Kao and aerial cinematography courtesy of Eric Cheng.

ALESSIO PIANELLI IS A SICILIAN TRAVELLER

When Covid 19 scuppered plans for BBT to visit Alessio Pianelli in Sicily to make a film about his BBT-supported Rubicon Classics debut CD, A Sicilian Traveller, we weren’t going to be defeated. Combining film Alessio organised himself in, around and above his home town of Trapani, session footage from the recording in Rome, in November 2019, and a specially conducted interview via Zoom to explore the themes of the recording, BBT’s film-maker Graham Johnston edited together this film that proudly confirms that Alessio Pianelli is A Sicilian Traveller. The CD is released on 26 March 2021.

Read Graham Johnston’s blog about the making of the associated BBT film profile A Sicilian Traveller here

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